SLFP backs Executive Presidency, broader power to PCs

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to back powers of an Executive President as with its proposals on Constitutional Reforms.

SLFP heavyweights yesterday, said the SLFP Committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to present proposals for Constitutional Reforms has declared its party line opinion would be so.

The party will support the Executive Presidency and also a broader delegation of powers to Provincial Councils.

SLFP senior and Minister S.B. Dissanayake yesterday said the SLFP presented 10 party-line proposals on Constitutional Reforms to Parliament and they have been accepted.

“Our stance has always been that executive powers as such shall be vested in the President so as to keep the country’s unitary state unaffected and safe even as we go for a broader devolution of power in the Constitutional reform exercise,”Minister Dissanayake said.

Asked if the SLFP Committee to present proposals on Constitutional Reforms had submitted its proposals aiming to shape the Constitution to Parliament, Dissanayake said, “absolutely,” and added,” SLFP members agreed to delegate broader powers and authority to Provincial Councils in their deliberations.”

He said, “The proposals highlighted that powers vested in the Executive Presidency shall be retained to safeguard the country’s unitary status.”

The SLFP Committee on Constitutional Reform has eleven members. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva is its chairperson.

The Committee includes Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Dilan Perera and Parliamentarians Pavithra Wanniarachchi, A.H.M.Hizbullah and Bandula Gunawardena.

SLFP sources said they presented 10 proposals on Constitutional Reforms to Parliament.

Our attempts to contact most of the ministers to get their views on the current Constitutional Reforms exercise were unsuccessful.

According to sources, the SLFP Committee on Constitutional Reforms drafted its proposals without any external elements, foreign or otherwise having any part in it.